October is National Dental Hygiene Month! Health & Wellmobile hopes that highlighting dental hygiene this month will serve as a good reminder to the public to visit their dentist and keep their oral health in check.
Why Is Good Dental Hygiene Important?
Brushing and flossing isn’t just about preventing bad breath. The mouth is a gateway to the overall health of the human body. While most people are worried about cavities when they visit their dentist, there are other negative side effects to not following through with regular dental hygiene habits, including the following:
- Gum disease: Gingivitis is a well-known form of gum disease that is diagnosed by gums that are red, are swollen, and tend to bleed easily. If allowed to worsen, serious gum disease can lead to the bone, tissue, and gums surrounding the teeth to be destroyed.
- Tooth loss: Unlike certain animals, humans are only born with 2 sets of teeth. Once baby teeth are lost and adult teeth grow in, there is no replacement waiting in the event that a tooth is lost due to poor oral health. Cavities and gum disease can both result in the loss of teeth if not taken care of quickly enough.
- Cardiovascular disease: Though research is still being done, it has been found in recent years that there is a link between poor oral health and increased risk of cardiovascular disease and inflammation. Oral infections, such as gum disease, often allow bacteria to travel through the blood stream, causing inflammation and raising cholesterol when it reaches the heart.
How to Improve Oral Hygiene
Health & Wellmobile offers the following advice to keeping good oral health:
- Brush twice a day for at least 2 minutes each time.
- Floss at least once each day.
- Chew only sugar-free gum.
- See a dentist twice a year to ensure that any problems are taken care of promptly.
As long as you’re doing the above, you should have no worries. Feel free to contacted for more information as needed.